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Pete Doherty and Jon McClure speak out against the BNP

Issue No. 2100

Two of the musicians who played at the recent Love Music Hate Racism (LHMR) carnival attended the Tuesday evening protest against the BNP held outside London’s City Hall.

Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers spoke about his shock at the BNP making advances in his home city of Sheffield and backed the call for an LMHR carnival to be held in the north of England.

Drew McConnell of Babyshambles read out a statement of solidarity from the band’s lead singer Pete Doherty, a longstanding LMHR supporter who had just been released from jail that day.

“There will be no passage of evil through these isles without a proper, good struggle,” Pete’s statement read. “This island has always been a melting pot and personally I am 100 percent mongrel in the great dog stew of history—bona fide Scouse, London Irish, Jew, Geordie, Belorussian.

“Closed borders are like closed minds. What of humanity’s horizons? How infinite are they or how barricaded are they? Racism is upon us and let us not forget it is still within living memory that six million people died in gas chambers because of a hateful ideology.”

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